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Events in Art and Archaeology

Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across the Millennia from the Benaki Museum
MELBOURNE  •  Hellenic Museum of Melbourne  •  10 September 2014 - 10 October 2019

The exhibition: Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across the Millennia from the Benaki Museum, offers a manageable, yet complete, picture of the span of Greek civilisation. 

It highlights the unbroken continuation and unity of Hellenism, from earliest prehistory to the Classical and Hellenistic years, from the Roman era to the end of the Byzantine period, and from the centuries of foreign rule up to the revolutionary revival of 1821, and the founding of the Modern Greek state. The captivating progression of Greek art, and the twists and turns of Greece’s history are narrated by representative objects from almost eight millennia, coming as much from Greece itself as from lands where Greek culture took hold. At this crossroads between Europe, Africa and Asia, man – despite long periods of unrest and insecurity – managed to maintain the essential components of his civilisation: an anthropocentric view of the world, lively and inspirational thinking and the fruitful assimilation of as many influences as were accepted from its conquerors over time. 

In the exhibition of the Benaki Museum, aspects of everyday life and different sides of religious expression are presented together with documents about the social and political organisation, in order to record the narrative that can be read within the development of Greek civilisation. 

Hellenic Museum of Melbourne Website


Hellenic Museum of Melbourne
280 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Tel: 61 3 8615 9016

Shirin Neshat: Dreamers Trilogy
DORNBIRN  •  Kunstraum Dornbirn  •  23 March - 20 May 2018

Shirin Neshat: Dreamers Trilogy
Curators: Thomas Häusle, Gerald Matt

The Iranian-born and New York-based internationally renowned artist Shirin Neshat has addressed herself for decades to the social and political situation in her homeland, with a special focus on the status of women in Islamic societies. At the same time, she has treated the contradictions and tensions between the Orient and the Occident, taking up issues such as censorship, violence, war and oppression. Her work has received many awards and has been presented at venues ranging from the Venice Biennale to the Kassel Documenta.

Kunstraum Dornbirn presents three videos from her current series of works:
Illusions & Mirrors, 2013
Roja, 2016
Sarah, 2016

Kunstraum Dornbirn Website

Contact: Kunstraum Dornbirn in the Stadtgarten Dornbirn
Jahngasse 9
A – 6850 Dornbirn
Tel: 43 (0)5572 / 55 0 44

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Photo courtesy of Museum of Communism
Photo courtesy of Museum of Communism
Museum of Communism
PRAGUE  •  Museum of Communism  •  6 October 2006 - 31 December 2018

Housed in the Palace Savarin just off Wenceslas Square and adjacent to Mc-Donald's, the Museum of Communism is the work of American businessman Glenn Spicker who owns bagel shops and bars in Prague. The Museum's three sections, the Dream, the Reality and the Nightmare include secret police surveillance equipment and an interrogation cell, propaganda material, posters and a class-room with communist school books, statues of Lenin and Stalin, a number of sub-standard goods and consumer products that one associates with communism in Eastern and Central Europe and a display devoted to the 1989 Velvet Revolution. 

Museum of Communism Web Site

Contact: Na Příkopě 10
Prague 1
Tel: (42) 224 21 29 66

Events in Classical Music

Paul O'Dette, lute
LONDON  •  Wigmore Hall  •  26 March 2018
Paul O'Dette, lute

Wigmore Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street
Tel: (44) 20 7935 2141

Bertrand Chamayou, piano
LONDON  •  Wigmore Hall  •  4 April 2018


Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Wigmore Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street
Tel: (44) 20 7935 2141

Cuarteto Casals
LONDON  •  Wigmore Hall  •  24 March 2018
Beethoven and Aureliano Cattaneo

Cuarteto Casals

Wigmore Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street
Tel: (44) 20 7935 2141

Events in Jazz

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Dianne Reeves
Photo: Jerris Madison

Dianne Reeves
LONDON  •  Wigmore Hall  •  23 March 2018
Dianne Reeves is a Grammy Award–winning vocalist who is one of the foremost jazz singers in the world. Whether she’s interpreting jazz classics or melding elements of R&B, Latin, and pop into swinging song, she thrills with every note she sings.

Dianne Reeves, vocalist
Peter Martin, piano
Romero Lubambo, guitar
Reginald Veal, bass
Terreon Gully, drums

Wigmore Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street
Tel: (44) 20 7935 2141

Events in Art and Archaeology

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Antoine-François Callet: Louis XVI, 1779, huile sur toile. Musée du château de Versailles © Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais, Christophe Foui

Power Plays.
PARIS  •  Musée du Louvre  •  27 September 2017 - 2 July 2018

The Petite Galerie exhibition for 2017–2018 focuses on the connection between art and political power. Governing entails self-presentation as a way of affirming authority, legitimacy, and prestige. Thus art in the hands of patrons becomes a propaganda tool; but it can also be a vehicle for protest and subverting the established order.

Spanning the period from antiquity up to our own time, forty works from the Musée du Louvre, the Musée National du Château de Pau, the Château de Versailles and the Musée des Beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris illustrate the evolution of the codes behind the representation of political power.

The exhibition is divided into four sections:

    “Princely Roles”: The first room presents the king’s functions— priest, builder, warrior/protector—as portrayed through different artistic media. Notable examples are Philippe de Champaigne’s Louis XIII, Léonard Limosin’s enamel Crucifixion Altarpiece, and the Triad of Osorkon II from ancient Egypt.

    “Legitimacy through Persuasion”: The focus in the second room is on the emblematic figure of Henri IV, initially a king in search of legitimacy, then a model for the Bourbon heirs from Louis XVI to the Restoration. Features include sculptures by Barthélémy Prieur and François-Joseph Bosio, and paintings by Frans Pourbus the Younger, Ingres, and others.

    “The Antique Model”: The theme of the third room is the equestrian statue. The Louvre is home to several remarkable examples, among them the Barberini Ivory leaf, a bronze of Charles the Bald, and François Girardon’s Louis XIV.

    “The Insignia of Power”: In the fourth room majestic portraits of monarchs, including Antoine-François Callet’s Louis XVI, François Gérard’s Napoleon I and Franz-Xaver Winterhalter’s Louis Philippe, are accompanied by the regalia used during the coronation of the kings of France. This final section also highlights the dramatic historical and representational changes that came with the French Revolution.

Musée du Louvre Website

Contact: Musée du Louvre
75001 Paris
Tel: (33 ) 1 40 20 53 17

Prototypology: An Index of Process and Mutation
ROME  •  Gagosian Gallery Rome  •  14 January - 2 April 2016

Prototypology explores research and development in the work of thirty contemporary artists, tracing the evolution from idea to finished artwork through drawings, archives, maquettes, and bricolage. In doing so the exhibition establishes a typology of diverse drafts.

The studio is a liminal zone for sourcing, modifying, and testing. Derived from the Italian word schizzare (splash), a "sketch" represents the initial impulse from mind to hand, the developmental process whereby form begins to emerge. In the laboratory of the studio, bricolage is often used as an instinctual method in the construction of prototypes.

The exhibition includes new works and archival material from Michael Heizer, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, and Robert Therrien, among other artists. Studies for sculptures by Dan Graham, Claes Oldenburg, Tatiana Trouvé, and Rachel Whiteread reveal moments of process that lead to epiphanies. Monumental, civic, everyday, and otherworldly gestures are visible in a range of preparatory drawings and proposals.

Artists: Vladimir Arkhipov, Richard Artschwager, Nina Beier, Will Boone, Mike Bouchet, Chris Burden, Jason Dodge, Aleksandra Domanović, Dan Graham, Loris Gréaud, Michael Heizer, Carsten Höller, Thomas Houseago, Allan McCollum, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Claes Oldenburg, Steven Parrino, Giuseppe Penone, Kirsten Pieroth, Ry Rocklen, Nancy Rubins, Arcangelo Sassolino, David Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Robert Therrien, Mungo Thomson, Tatiana Trouvé, Cy Twombly, Rachel Whiteread

Gagosian Gallery Rome Website

Contact: Gagosian Gallery Rome
Via Francesco Crispi 16
00187 Rome
Tel: (39) 6 42 08 64 98

Events in Jazz

Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
MILAN  •  Blue Note Milano  •  31 March - 1 April 2018
Alfredo Rodriguez Trio

Blue Note Milano Website

Detailed schedule information:
21h, 23h


Blue Note Milano
via Borsieri 37

Tel: (39) 2 69 01 68 88

Events in Art and Archaeology

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Otobong Nkanga: Landversation: The Eco-Psychologist (2014), Gouache on paper.
Courtesy of the artist, Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and In Situ Fabienne Leclerc Gallery, Paris.


Otobong Nkanga: Landversation Beirut
BEIRUT  •  Beirut Art Center  •  10 February - 2 April 2016

Otobong Nkanga was born in 1974, in Kano, Nigeria. She lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. A visual artist and performer, Nkanga began her art studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria and continued at the École Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. She was at the residency program at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2008, she obtained her Masters in the Performing Arts at Dasarts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Otobong Nkanga's drawings, installations, photographs and sculptures variously examine ideas around land and the value connected to natural resources.

Landversation Beirut is a solo exhibition by Otobong Nkanga that aims at initiating discussions and exchanges around the notion of land. The exhibition receives its title from a project that was originally presented in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Landversation, 2014), that will be adapted to Lebanon where it will explore and compare the complex relationship between the human subject and the land in Lebanon. The exhibition will include an on-site fresco and earlier and more recent photographic series by the artist. As part of this exhibition, curator Clémentine Deliss will discuss Otobong Nkanga’s engagement with the complexity and performativity of ethnographic collections. The title of the talk is "Performing collections: Otobong Nkanga and an anthropology of remediation" and it will be held on 30 March 2016 at 8pm.

Beirut Art Center Website

Contact: Jisr El Wati - Off Corniche an Nahr
Building 13, Street 97
Zone 66 Adlieh
Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: (961) 1 397 018

Erwin Wurm: <EM>Interpretation</EM>
Erwin Wurm: Interpretation
Erwin Wurm: Interpretation
VILNIUS  •  Galerija VARTAI  •  11 June - 8 August 2015

Entitled Interpretatioin, this is Erwin Wurm's second solo show at Vartai. It is curated by the Vienna-based curator Amer Abbas.

Wurm (born 1954) replaces his dust sculptures with 'human sculptures', limited to one minute in duration. From now on, sculpture learns to blush as if standing naked in front of interpretation. Targeting narrow-minded academicism, the artist nevertheless allowed his sculptures to mockingly waylay us.

Viewers, who can insert themselves in a work at any moment, experiences a profound psychological effect. First of all, this affects the individuals who using their minutes voluntarily shape a figure outside of their habitual mode of conduct. They become a part of the work and its particularity. This interplay between alienation and ephemeral ''self-transgressive' identity informs the whole of Erwin Wurm's oeuvre.

The 'one-minute sculptures' on outdoor billboards are perceived not as a mediated intervention into public space, but rather as a 'life act', a narration, a new structuring of the 'incidental'. The invisible magical staging becomes a part of our present and creates a 'stage'.

Galerija VARTAI Website

Contact: Galerija VARTAI
Vilniaus g. 39
LT-01119 Vilnius
Tel: 370 5 212 2949

Carlito Dalceggio: I Do Not Scream For An Audience, I Shout At The Holy
MEXICO CITY  •  Celaya Brothers Gallery  •  25 February - 2 April 2016

For the exhibition I Do Not Scream For An Audience, I Shout At The Holy, Canadian artist, Carlito Dalceggio (born 1971, Quebec) , presents a series of multidisciplinary, spiritual and symbolic artworks. Butterfly wings, kites, peacock feathers, masks, organic motifs that remind us of Mexican popular art with a peculiar reminiscence of Picasso’s cubism, Rauschenberg’s abstract expressionism and Matisse’s primitivism.

In between art school and travels, Dalceggio installed his studio in different cities: Montreal, Mexico City, Bali, New York and Paris, creating a bohemian spirit with local artists, accumulating collaborations in art, fashion, circus arts, photography, literature and film.

Celaya Brothers Gallery Website

Contact: Celaya Brothers Gallery
Mérida 241
C. U. Benito Juárez
06700 Ciudad de México
D.F., Mexico
Tel: (52) 55 6391 5541

Glenn Ligon: What We Said The Last Time
NEW YORK  •  Luhring Augustine  •  27 February - 2 April 2016

Luhring Augustine presents What We Said The Last Time, an exhibition of new work by Glenn Ligon, and Entanglements, a curatorial project by the artist. A companion exhibition entitled We Need To Wake Up Cause That’s What Time It Is opened at Luhring Augustine Bushwick on January 16th and remains on view through 17 April 2016. 

What We Said The Last Time features a suite of seventeen inkjet prints that document the paint-spattered pages of the artist’s well-worn copy of James Baldwin’s seminal 1953 essay “Stranger in the Village.” Written during a stay in a remote Swiss mountain hamlet, Baldwin’s text examines complex and urgent questions around blackness, culture, and history. Since 1996, Ligon has used the essay as the basis of his “Stranger” series, including prints, drawings, and dense paintings made with oil stick and often coal dust that oscillate between legibility and obscurity. While creating these canvases, Ligon kept pages of Baldwin’s essay on his studio table for reference, and over the years they became covered with random smudges of black paint, oil stains, and fingerprints. Intrigued by this accumulation of marks, Ligon transformed the book pages into a suite of large-scale prints, using the full text of the essay for the first time in his career. The resulting work is a palimpsest of accumulated personal histories that suggests Ligon’s long engagement with Baldwin’s essay, as well as a new strategy in his ongoing exploration of the interplay between language and abstraction.

Also on view is Entanglements, a curatorial project by Ligon that examines how artists use the studio as a base from which to engage momentous cultural shifts and political events in both direct and oblique ways.  Key to the exhibition is Bruce Nauman’s Violin Tuned D.E.A.D. (1968), a video that presents the artist repetitively playing a single note on a violin with his back to the camera. While discussions of Nauman’s video works from this period have focused on issues of performativity, endurance, and the body, Ligon was interested in how Nauman’s discordant note can be heard as a soundtrack to the war in Vietnam or the brutal violence faced by civil rights workers. While not directly commenting on these issues, the ominous soundscape of Violin Tuned D.E.A.D. nevertheless suggests Nauman’s engagement with that turbulent moment in American history and served as a point of departure for Ligon to consider other works in which the artist’s studio has acted as a conduit for contemporary events. Ligon’s selections posit new identities, conversations or modes of sociability as a response to pressing social and political issues.  Entanglements features artworks and ephemera by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Hammons, On Kawara, Glenn Ligon, Bruce Nauman, Adrian Piper, Bob Thompson, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Andy Warhol. 

Glenn Ligon lives and works in New York.

Luhring Augustine Website

Contact: Luhring Augustine
531 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (1) 212 206 91 00

Events in Classical Music

Riccardo Muti
Riccardo Muti
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
CHICAGO  •  Symphony Center  •  22 - 24 March 2018
Weber: Overture to Oberon
Raimi: Three Lisel Mueller Settings
[World Premiere, Commissioned by the Poetry Foundation for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra]
Schubert: Mass in E-flat Major

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano
Paul Appleby, tenor
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Nahuel Di Pierro, bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, chorus director

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 PM

Contact: Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel: (1) 312 294 30 00

Events in Opera

Hippolyte et Aricie: By Jean-Philippe Rameau
NEW YORK  •  Peter Jay Sharp Theater  •  17 - 21 April 2018
Jean-Philippe Rameau Hippolyte et Aricie

Hippolyte et Aricie,
based on Racine's well-known tragedy Phèdre, was Rameau's first opera, and it was written in the style of tragédie lyrique. The opera had its premiere by the Académie Royale de Musique at the Palais-Royal in Paris on October 1, 1733.

conducted by Stephen Stubbs and directed by Stephen Wadsworth with choreographed by Zack Winokur. The opera features singers from Juilliard's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, Juilliard Historical Performance's period-instrument ensemble Juilliard415, and dancers from Juilliard's Dance Division.

The Juilliard School Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm


Peter Jay Sharp Theater
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Bobby McFerrin
NEW YORK  •  Blue Note  •  23 March - 1 April 2018
Bobby McFerrin Spirityouall

spirityouall embraces Bobby's folk, rock, and blues influences without abandoning his fearless improvisational approach or his never-ending exploration of the human voice. He moves seamlessly between lyrics and wordless lines, trading phrases with his band, inviting the audience to sing along. Bobby loves to sing this music, and it shows: spirityouall raises the roof with joyful grooves.

Blue Note New York Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm; 10:30 pm

Contact: Blue Note New York
131 West 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012
Tel: (1) 212 475 85 92

Lin-Manuel Miranda in <EM>Hamilton</EM>
Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton
Hamilton: By Lin-Manuel Miranda
NEW YORK  •  Richard Rodgers Theatre  •  6 August 2015 - 31 December 2018

Hamilton is a hip hop musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show was inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow.

Directed by Thomas Kail

The cast features Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexnder Hamilton), Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr), Drama Desk Award winner Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton), Jonathan Groff (King George), Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson), Christopher Jackson (George Washington), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, Phillip Hamilton), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Shuyler, Maria Reynolds).

Hamilton on Broadway Website

Contact: Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (1) 212 247 78 00

International Spy MuseumWashington, D.C.
International Spy Museum
Washington, D.C.
International Spy Museum
WASHINGTON, D.C.  •  Ongoing
The International Spy Museum is the first public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage. It features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Many of these objects seen for the first time outside of the intelligence community illustrate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions as well as help bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history.

International Spy Museum Web Site

Click here for a special news feature with photos of the Spy Museum

Contact: International Spy Museum
800 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

Tel: (1) 202 393 77 98

The Wooster Group: A PINK CHAIR (In Place of a Fake Antique)
LOS ANGELES  •  Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater  •  5 - 15 April 2018
A PINK CHAIR (In Place of a Fake Antique)

The Wooster Group weaves together live performance, music, and video in an encounter with the work of visionary Polish artist, writer and stage director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990)

Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:30 pm

Contact: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater
631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel: (1) 213 237 28 00

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